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Thursday, September 09, 2004


WE ARE READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL: 2004 NFL PREDICTIONS 


The Galvin Opinion predicts a rematch of Super Bowl IV

NFC EAST
EAGLES 10-6 Won't do as well as expected and Terrell Owens will find controversy
REDSKINS 9-7 Coach Gibbs won 3 Super Bowls with 3 different quarterbacks
COWBOYS 8-8 Good defense, shaky offense
GIANTS 6-10 Eli Manning or Kurt Warner? It doesn't matter since the O-line stinks

NFC NORTH
VIKINGS 12-4 They always find a way to lose in the playoffs
PACKERS 10-6 Brett Favre is on a mission, watch out
LIONS 9-7 This could be 2004's Cinderella team, Joey Harrington's breakout year
BEARS 5-11 Da Bears are da worst team in this division

NFC SOUTH
PANTHERS 11-5 Fluke? No way. Great coaching, balanced on offense and defense
SAINTS 8-8 Great offensive weapons in QB Brooks, WR Horn and RB McAllister
FALCONS 8-8 Everyone's favorite will be the biggest disappointment
BUCCANEERS 5-11 Many pieces from the Super Bowl team are gone

NFC WEST
SEAHAWKS 12-4 Coach Holmgren has finally put it together in Seattle
RAMS 8-8 Is Marshall Faulk too old or does he still have it? We'll find out
CARDINALS 6-10 Pre-season injuries and Emmitt Smith are not a good sign
49ERS 4-12 This team has nothing, nada, zip, zilch

AFC EAST
PATRIOTS 13-3 Pats are scary now that they have running threat in Corey Dillon
JETS 9-7 Chad Pennington should have a breakout year
BILLS 7-9 Question marks are Drew Bledsoe and defense
DOLPHINS 4-12 Jay Fiedler? AJ Feeley? Bart Simpson? Doesn't matter

AFC NORTH
RAVENS 10-6 Jamal Lewis's cocaine trial is a teeny-tiny distraction
STEELERS 9-7 Duce Staley can make the Steelers a nice surprise
BENGALS 7-9 Growing pains for Carson Palmer and fellow Bengals
BROWNS 5-11 A long season might make big-mouth Kellen Winslow to shut up

AFC SOUTH
COLTS 11-5 Last chance for Mannning, James and Harrison
TEXANS 9-7 Surprising David Carr and rest of offense ready to take off
JAGUARS 7-9 They will be okay if Fred Taylor can stay healthy
TITANS 5-11 RB Chris Brown has to deal with high expectations

AFC WEST
CHIEFS 11-5 Dante Hall and Co. make this a fun team to watch
BRONCOS 10-6 Quentin Griffin is sleeper pick for having a very good season
CHARGERS 4-12 Tomlinson and nothing else
RAIDERS 4-12 Offense is a mess, Warren Sapp is overrated

NFC WILD-CARD PLAYOFFS
Panthers over Redskins
Packers over Eagles


AFC WILD-CARD PLAYOFFS
Jets over Colts
Broncos over Ravens


NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS
Packers over Seahawks
Vikings over Panthers


AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS
Patriots over Jets
Chiefs over Broncos


NFC CHAMPIONSHIP
Vikings over Packers

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP
Chiefs over Patriots

SUPER BOWL XXXIX
Chiefs over Vikings

Update: Here are more predictions for the 2004 NFL Season: The army of staff writers at Football Outsiders have made a multitude of picks.



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